David J. Hutson, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State University-Abington in the Psychological and Social Sciences Program.  

My research explores health, gender, and inequality through the lens of the body. More specifically, I am interested in how the body functions as a form of status, how it intersects with other facets of inequality (gender, race, class, sexuality), and how it is shaped by culture. Much of my research utilizes the framework of "bodily capital"--a multi-faceted concept including appearance, attractiveness, and physical ability that provides a way to understand why people invest time and money into their bodies, and what they expect to receive in return.

Currently, my research involves a historical analysis of BMI categories, and a project interviewing pregnant and recently pregnant women about how the experience of putting on and trying to take off “baby weight” influences their identities and social interactions.

Research Interests: Body/Embodiment; Health; Gender; Inequality; Social Psychology; Qualitative Methods.

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